Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thai government suspends One-Two-Go's license to boost foreign tourist confidence

BANGKOK, July 22 (TNA) – The Thai government Aviation Department's move suspending the operating license of One-Two-Go Airlines, a major Thai budget carrier, for 30 days beginning Tuesday will help boost confidence among foreign tourists, according to department director-general Chaisak Angkasuwan.

The department on Monday issued the order after it found the company had violated a number of aviation rules ranging from submitting false documents to the government to the lack of quality controls.

Speaking on TV9's "Modernnine Morning News" programme, Mr. Chaisak said the department had already informed the airline's management of the order issued upon finding various faults regarding aviation safety.

He said the department was not aware that the order was issued concurrently with an announcement by the company of a 45-day halt to flight services due to higher fuel costs.

Mr. Chaisak said he believed the airline's operating license suspension would help boost confidence among foreign tourists to use local airline services.

Unless the department was serious on the matter, it would affect the country's airline services.

He reaffirmed that budget airlines operating in Thailand had a principle to reduce business expenses, not the safety standard, for commercial viability. So, all low-cost airlines must adopt the same aviation standard.

Should One-Two-Go Airlines be unable to solve its problems within 30 days, he said, the service suspension might be extended or the license be revoked. (TNA)

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